Dear Editor: On the 21st of June, Aboriginal Day I finally got my dream fulfilled. I raised the Mikmaq flag at Town Hall here in Stephenville. With a declaration signed that our flag will fly on a permanent basis out of respect to our Indigenous People.
I raised this flag for honor, not for glory — supported by Mayor Tom Rose, the people of the dawn, along with many others who came out to support this historical event.
I was excited, also a bit emotional. A strong step in the right direction. Flying our flag meant a lot to me.
Today I strongly feel that anything that happens in a positive way to help restore our identity does my heart good.
After reading Saturday’s (July 28) edition of the Western Star. “A step in our own reconciliation” excited me more seeing something of this great importance actually happening making us stronger as First Nations People. History in the making.
At this special time, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all those wonderful people who have helped make this possible. We have to have faith in the people we have elected.
As Aboriginal people, we need to show respect towards our leaders. This for me has always been a top priority.
We have all lost something in our lives, but we must not lose faith in each other, the creator would not want us to do so.
Today I have asked the creator to make us all strong, to thank all the wonderful people who have helped make this historical event a reality.
Frank Russell, Port au Port East